BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – While Hurricane Florence is not expected to wreak the same havoc in the northeast as it is doing in the Carolinas, the severe weather conditions serve as a good reminder to be sure emergency plans are in place.

“We don't expect to the see the devastation those in the direct path of Florence are enduring this weekend,” said Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall. “But Steuben is no stranger to floods, high winds, snowstorms and electrical outages. This is a good time for people here to check how prepared they are for any emergency.”

Steuben County residents have access to three county programs to help them and their loved ones in the event of damaging storms.

  • ReadySteuben is a free mobile app giving users direct access to county alerts and notices from the National Weather Service. It also includes a personal locator, a way to quickly communicate with family or friends, a damage report for people to send reports and photos to the Steuben Office of Emergency Services and an “emergency kit checklist” to keep track of emergency supplies. The app is available here. 
  • • “Special Needs Registry” allows residents with special needs to provide essential information to local emergency response teams, so responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies. The information provided by residents and facilities is gathered and organized on a confidential, secure online registry. The registry is located here. 

  • • CodeRED provides county residents with warnings from local emergency responders of emergency situations or critical alerts, such as evacuation notices, shelter-in-place notices, and missing child reports. Alerts are available through land-based phones but individuals must register their cell phones. Residents may register here. 

“We really hope people take advantage of these resources,” Marshall said. “It’s better to look into these now, to be prepared before a storm hits.”

Everyone in New York State can also sign up for local alerts through NY Alert, found at alert.ny.gov.